Apr 082012
 
Titian: Danae with Nursemaid Series

Danae with Nursemaid When he was over fifty years old Titian painted the first of the series of Danae paintings, today hanging in various European museums: Napoli Museo di Capodimonte, Museo del Prado in Madrid, Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Kunsthistorisches Museum in Viena. Scholars note that at least some of the work in the […]

Apr 042012
 
Titian: Venus of Urbino

Titian’s Venus The Venus of Urbino is one of Titian’s best known paintings, and probably his most provocative. Portraying a young female model, who according to some scholars appeared in other artist’s pieces, the work feeds the ambiguity regarding the protagonist’s social status by blurring generic boundaries. It is a pagan allegory, it is a […]

Mar 312012
 
Titian: The Assumption of the Virgin

Titian’s Assunta Titian’s altarpiece “The Assumption of the Virgin,” hanging in Basilica di Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari, Venice, is a large scale painting both in size and concept. It accommodates multiple characters, including the apostles, The Virgin Mary, and God, as well as countless angels and cherubims — all organized in dense but clearly […]

Mar 102012
 
Leonardo da Vinci: Mona Lisa (La Gioconda)

Mona Lisa The Mona Lisa, also known as The Gioconda, has gained the status of “the most famous painting in the world” due to a combination of various bohemian predilections and series of events, most of which evolved and took place during the 20th century. “The most famous” is not necessarily the “most beautiful,” as […]